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Rick’s Legacy

“Rick’s Legacy” L. B. Spillers The desert sun baked Esteban’s skin as dry air wicked the moisture out of it. He rolled the throttle on his tiny dirt bike for more cooling wind. Rather than tearing up the fragile plant … Continue reading

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Three Hundred and Sixty-Four Hand-Tied Knots

“Three Hundred and Sixty-Four Hand-Tied Knots” by R. Y. Brockway Today I tied thirty-seven knots and completed my rug’s missing rosette. It took all the orange silk I unraveled from the obi I found stashed amongst the ingots to complete … Continue reading

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Relic

  “Relic” by Gunnar De Winter   I Birth I Beneath miles of ice, Xian floated in freezing water. Hunting. Scavenging for signs of life. Of past life. Once teeming with tiny creatures, Europa’s oceans were now devoid of endemic … Continue reading

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Homecoming

“Homecoming” by Elyse Kallen “Charley.” A lilting, feminine voice calls out from behind me, and it takes every ounce of self-control not to jump or gasp. It’s one of those early autumn days when the sun shines so brightly it … Continue reading

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Requiem for a Self-Published Novel

Because Abyss & Apex does reviews I get paperbacks thrust at me by hopeful authors at conventions. I get books in my mailbox. I get ebooks in the A&A email, in my personal email… in various formats. I have just … Continue reading

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The Martian Chronicles The Earth Men

Brittany Hause The Martian Chronicles The Earth Men four men from Earth ungentlemanly unreasonable four angry voices the captain and his crew lying wildly the captain like his men frightful-looking I have to tell everyone find someone who’ll listen the … Continue reading

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Crossover Point

“Crossover Point” by Cheryl Barkauskas The angels were falling from the sky. They were beautiful at dawn, when out of darkness they fractured the first cold morning sunbeams into millions of tiny rainbows: crystal pinwheels spinning through the air. But … Continue reading

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La Belle a la Bête

Brittany Hause La Belle a la Bête with apologies to Gertrude Stein             … lui dit: «La Belle, voulez-vous être ma femme?»             Elle fut quelque tems sans répondre:             elle avait peur d’exciter la colère du monstre, en le … Continue reading

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The Consequential Effects of Practiced Penmanship

“The Consequential Effects of Practiced Penmanship” by Marc A. Criley Time cracks and uhrbuchs rustle. I look up from a half-penciled illustration. Willy Arnold stands outside my bindery’s one way glass door, stock still. Right side profile of a stone … Continue reading

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Skullboogie

“Skullboogie” by Ville Meriläinen Even before she grew a clock over her heart, Alcine was a little different from those around her. While her peers lived in houses where they used every room, she and her mother dwelled in an … Continue reading

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